Cavendish's tears for saving the out of control

The Deceuninck sprinter entered the finish line accompanied by Morkov and Declercq, visibly excited to cross on time. Démare did not succeed.


Mark Cavendish crossed the Tignes finish line just as excited as if he had won a sprint stage. Escorted by Tim Declercq and Michael Morkov, the Briton got rid of the out of control by 1:31 and burst into tears with his teammates: "Thanks guys, you saved my life." The cutoff was set at 14% of the winner's time, or 37:20 behind Ben O'Connor. The green jersey complied and, although late, he went up to the award ceremony to receive the jersey that accredits him as the leader in the points classification (he leads with 168, by 130 from Michael Matthews) .

Pat Lefevere, Deceuninck manager, is confident that his sprinter will make it to Paris: “In theory, Mark will have five more chances in volatas. He has two (32 total), and if he scores two more wins, he will equal Eddy Merckx's all-time Tour record. Nor do I think he will retire at the end of this season if the record resists him ”. For its part, Merckx does not like the idea of a draw or defeat against Cavendish at all, and that is why he spits him whenever they put a microphone in front of him: "He will never conquer five Tours" .

Arnaud Démare, Loïc Vliegen, Jacopo Guarnieri, Anthony Delaplace, Stefan de Bod, Bryan Coquard and Nic Dlamini were excluded from the race for exceeding the 37:20 margin and were also malicious about the presence of a Deceuninck car too close to the three men of the Belgian team. "We already know how Cavendish climbed more than once in the past," they slipped from the Groupama-FDJ in reference to the fact that it has been seen towed other times (documented as on Etna, at the Giro). Victor Campenaerts, Jelle Wallays, Amund Grøndahl Jansen and an Olympic champion like Greg van Avermaet filed a lot more with only five seconds left.

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